Bootleg City: Air Supply in Cleveland, October ’82

Written by Bootleg City, Music

For the Bootleg City before Mother’s Day, what could be more appropriate than an Air Supply concert from 1982? If you answered “God, no, anything but that,” you would be incorrect, as Robert Cass is happy to prove with some vintage Australian balladry.

A reader named R. Murdoch* sent me the following bootleg by “my best mates,” Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock, the Australian duo otherwise known as Air Supply, performing in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 22, 1982. I can’t verify that Mr. Murdoch really is friends with “Graham Russell Terrier,” as he collectively calls them, but I do hope for his sake that he’s not just some random fan hoping to make a name for himself by claiming he knows rich, famous people. That would be tacky.

I Can’t Get Excited
Lost in Love
Every Woman in the World
Even the Nights Are Better
Now and Forever
One Step Closer
Late Again
[Graham mistakenly addresses the audience as “Cincinnati” and asks where he can score some H after the show.]
Young Love
Here I Am (Just When I Thought I Was Over You)
Sweet Dreams
All Out of Love
She Never Heard Me Call
[Graham goes bananas, hurling a bottle of Jack at a single mother in the third row after she requests “Who Can It Be Now?”]
I’ve Got Your Love
The One That You Love
[Russell insults the band for blowing “the easiest bloody cue in the entire bloody show” and storms off the stage.]
This Heart Belongs to Me

* Turns out it was Popdose’s old pal Joe Mallon, from whose voluminous archives many of our bootlegs have sprung. Thanks, Joe — for the bootleg and the deceit!

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